HMS Medway

HMS Medway is the second of five new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) designed for counter-piracy, anti-smuggling, fishery protection, border patrol, counter terrorism and maritime defence duties.

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The first steel was cut on HMS Medway in June 2015, at a ceremony in Glasgow. 

HMS Medway was formally named at BAE's Scotstoun yard on the Clyde by Lady Fallon, wife of Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon and sponsor of Medway throughout her active life, on 20 October 2017.

In two years time, the ship will be on patrol - either at home or abroad - as one of the second-generation River-class vessels ordered to replace the first series built over a decade ago - HM Ships Tyne, Mersey, Severn and Clyde.

The ship will enforce fishing regulations, ensuring British and foreign crews do not break international rules and exceed quotas, monitor the progress of passing foreign warships and generally support security missions to safeguard the nation's borders and shoreline.

In addition, when needed, Medway can deploy thousands of miles from the mother country, such as patrols to support counter-drug trafficking efforts in the Caribbean.

Medway has a crew of 58 and is equipped with a 30mm main gun and flight deck capable of accommodating a Merlin helicopter. With a top speed of 24kts (27½mph), the second-generation can sail 5,500 nautical miles (over 6,300 miles) without needing resupply.

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